Facts About Catholic Schools

Diocese of Orange Catholic Schools: Schools that Make a Difference, Schools that Produce Results

  • 99% of Catholic School students graduate high school as opposed to 78.2% in public
  • The student/teacher ratio in Catholic schools is 13:1.(NCEA)
  • In national and science achievement tests at both the elementary and secondary levels, Catholic school students outscored their public school counterparts.
  • In all subjects, Catholic school students show greater academic achievement gains between tenth and twelfth graders than do public school students.
  • Catholic school students from disadvantaged families show no corresponding academic deficiencies in math or verbal achievement, while similar students in public and other private schools show substantial academic deficiencies.
  • In Catholic school, minority students from underprivileged backgrounds outperform their public school counterparts.
    Catholic school graduates of every ethnic background choose a pre-professional college curriculum twice as often as public school graduates.
  • 85.7% of 12th grade Catholic school students attend a 4 year university as opposed to 39.5% in public school
  • Catholic School students surpassed public school students by an average of 4.5% in math, 4.8% in science, and 12.5% in reading in the three grade levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test of the federal government
    From NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) website

Catholic schools are good for the community.

  • Catholic schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement (Marks, 2009).
  • The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
  • A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).

Catholic Schools help students achieve academically

  • In Catholic schools, the student achievement gap is smaller than in public schools(Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989)
  • In Catholic schools, overall academic achievement is higher (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
  • In Catholic schools, student math scores improve between sophomore and senior years (Carbonaro, & Covay, 2010).
  • Latino and African American students in Catholic schools are more likely to graduate from high school and college (Grogger & Neal, 2000).
  • Students with multiple disadvantages benefit most from Catholic schools (Greeley, 1982; Evans & Schwab, 1995; Neal, 1997).
  • The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools (York, 1996).

More research on student achievement from Catholic Education: a Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Catholic schools help build a better society

  • Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote (Dee, 2005).
  • Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to earn higher wages (Neal, 1997).
  • Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
  • When a Catholic school closes, neighborhood disorder increases (Brinig, Garnett, 2009).

From the Notra Dame Ace website